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Synopsis haalp! #amwriting #blog

Synopses are the bane of my writerly existence. I hate them with the fire of a thousand suns and several other trite phrases. However!

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Recently, I came across a BRILLIANT method that boils it down to a few simple steps.

  1. Choose the main plot points of your story, let’s say 6-8. (I chose 7 because I have an *spoiler alert* epilogue)
  2. Flesh out each point to a paragraph-size (3-5 sentences).
  3. Adjust paragraph length accordingly until you have about a full page.

Boom! One-page synopsis DONE!!

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4. Continue fleshing out each paragraph until you have a two-paged synopsis (save as) then a three-paged synopsis (save as, again).

It’s way easier to expand upon these initial 6-8 plot points than it is to reduce from 5-pages of stream-of-consciousness summarizing. Hopefully this helps you writers out there as much as it did me! While I’m still in the process of polishing mine (did I mention I despise synopses?) I feel so much better knowing I have a system prepped and ready.

 

1 thought on “Synopsis haalp! #amwriting #blog”

  1. I am learning so much from you, Lauren. I am encouraged to finally begin my book as I had all this stuff in my head and didn’t know how to start. Great information. Who says an old woman can’t learn new tricks!

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